Bill Gates: The next outbreak? We're not ready
Bill Gates - Philanthropist
A passionate techie and a shrewd businessman, Bill Gates changed the world while leading Microsoft to dizzying success. Now he's doing it again with his own style of philanthropy and passion for innovation. Full bio
was a nuclear war.
down in our basement,
hunker down, and eat out of that barrel.
of global catastrophe
in the next few decades,
a highly infectious virus
in nuclear deterrents.
in a system to stop an epidemic.
in the newspaper,
through the case analysis tools
that didn't work well enough,
didn't have a system at all.
key missing pieces.
ready to go, who would have gone,
seen how far it had spread.
before they were put online
did a great job orchestrating volunteers.
than we should have been
into these countries.
to have hundreds of thousands of workers.
to look at treatment approaches.
what tools should be used.
taken the blood of survivors,
back in people to protect them.
are really a global failure.
but not to do these things I talked about.
epidemiologists ready to go,
but that's just pure Hollywood.
could allow the next epidemic
more devastating than Ebola
of Ebola over this year.
West African countries.
it didn't spread more.
of heroic work by the health workers.
prevented more infections.
that they're bedridden.
into many urban areas.
more urban areas,
would have been much larger.
feel well enough while they're infectious
or they go to a market.
a natural epidemic like Ebola,
make things a thousand times worse.
of a virus spread through the air,
very, very quickly.
died from that epidemic.
a really good response system.
and technology that we talk about here.
and get information out to them.
where people are and where they're moving.
the turnaround time to look at a pathogen
that fit for that pathogen.
into an overall global health system.
on how to get prepared
waiting to go.
us up to large numbers.
that can deploy very rapidly.
to check, are people well trained?
about fuel and logistics
we need to deal with an epidemic.
in poor countries.
can give birth safely,
the outbreak very early on.
the training and background
medical people with the military.
to move fast, do logistics
so that we see where the holes are.
was done in the United States
and it didn't go so well.
in areas of vaccines and diagnostics.
like the Adeno-associated virus,
for what this would cost,
compared to the potential harm.
if we have a worldwide flu epidemic,
by over three trillion dollars
and millions of deaths.
offer significant benefits
global health equity
as well as more safe.
be a priority.
or go down into the basement.
because time is not on our side.
that can come out of the Ebola epidemic,
warning, a wake-up call, to get ready.
for the next epidemic.
About the speaker:Bill Gates - Philanthropist
A passionate techie and a shrewd businessman, Bill Gates changed the world while leading Microsoft to dizzying success. Now he's doing it again with his own style of philanthropy and passion for innovation.
Why you should listen
Bill Gates is the founder and former CEO of Microsoft. A geek icon, tech visionary and business trailblazer, Gates' leadership -- fueled by his long-held dream that millions might realize their potential through great software -- made Microsoft a personal computing powerhouse and a trendsetter in the Internet dawn. Whether you're a suit, chef, quant, artist, media maven, nurse or gamer, you've probably used a Microsoft product today.
In summer of 2008, Gates left his day-to-day role with Microsoft to focus on philanthropy. Holding that all lives have equal value (no matter where they're being lived), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has now donated staggering sums to HIV/AIDS programs, libraries, agriculture research and disaster relief -- and offered vital guidance and creative funding to programs in global health and education. Gates believes his tech-centric strategy for giving will prove the killer app of planet Earth's next big upgrade.
Read a collection of Bill and Melinda Gates' annual letters, where they take stock of the Gates Foundation and the world. And follow his ongoing thinking on his personal website, The Gates Notes. His new paper, "The Next Epidemic," is published by the New England Journal of Medicine.
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